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say, wolf. now back to you. >> he was a u.s. navy reserve lieutenant and we are told in the navy he was rated as a rifle marksman and pistol expert, according to his navy records. he was fired by the police department of los angeles four years ago. do we know what triggered four years later this rampage? >> reporter: well, he he brought up charges against an officer saying that this officer kicked a homeless man. it was determined later, according to police reports, that these charges were false by dorner. after a while, he was subsequently fired and he refers to that time and time again in his manifesto as the reason that he would wage a vendetta against officers, wolf. >> do we know what he's been doing for the last four years since he was fired from the lapd? >> reporter: unclear from this side in riverside. >> paul vercammen. thank you. we're going to stay on top of this story during our 6:00 p.m. hour. we're going to speak with chief police moose who was linked to the d.c. sniper. >>> let's move to today's dramatic confrontation up on capitol hill. for a short time today, prote
department cuts, according to this forced budget plan cut. just for some perspective, the u.s. is going to spend $88 billion this year, this year in afghanistan. we're going to have much more on this part of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised a
of the proudest times in my years in the u.s. senate is when a former vietnam friend spent a little time. . i was proud of the g.i. bill because we were able to get to world war ii veterans, jim webb and chuck hagel, we got together and we got the boat and passed the bill. that is the way things should work or this country. the objective was not to get jim webb or chuck hagel any credit. the inductive was to do something for the country, -- the objective was to do something for the country on the do something for the people. this kind of attention, this kind of recognition -- much of my life has been about doing everything i can in some way to help veterans and their families, whether it was a program or whatever it was. i'm proud of that. i'm more proud of that than anything else i have been involved in. i'm proud of my background and my career, like all of you are. nothing makes me prouder or has ever made me prouder. to each of you in this room, as of you who are watching this around the world, i say to you, thank you. thank you to you for your service and sacrifices. i will do everything
. arrested that we do via video so it works wonderfully. >> host: have you kept your u.s. citizenship? >> guest: oh yes. >> host: why? >> guest: my mother and father and my grandparents survived that for me. it is my duty. >> host: in "quitting america" the departure of a black man from his native land written in 2004 and by the way have you changed any of your views since the election of barack obama? >> guest: i remember my mother when he was nominated, hazel and khalia and i were in montrÉal. she called me at the hotel. she was i think 93 then. she said, and she was crying. [inaudible] i didn't need that telling. i always knew this. america is many places. it is a place that can be tolerant and accepting, a place where views can be moderated and differences can be reconciled. and i think a good deal of america supported vigorously the candidacy of a rock obama. and it's not only important to the black community. it's important to other americans as well. but he still faces a sort of vicious kind of ridicule from certain borders that are not unlike the america we saw when i was you
. john: and the government has to create that. >> and a college score card i that "u.s. news and world report" gave us updates but now the government will do that. and with federal subsidies, more activity and it will cost a lot of money. >> preschool is appealing to people. >> he just wants to give the kids a head start? >> i am highly sympathetic to putting kids in the government hands but headstart has a not a great record spending a billion dollars to get little in terms of results. the government's own study. john: no results one year later. >> gains during the preschool years gone by first grade. and similar bad results socially. john: fewer is riata 10 are enrolled in preschool like it is a problem. >> it is not like the government has done well overall we have tripled spending and scores are flat. we sock at education. john: he says he will not to increase the deficit. >> it is quite remarkable how most of the life of the country the government was less than 5% and only recently it has gone up and now with sequestration to talk about harsh arbitrary cuts which sound terrible. >
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political contributor the democratic strategist hilary rosen and the former u.s. senator from minnesota and former romney foreign policy adviser norm coleman. guys, thanks very much for coming in. the speaker just met with reporters on the hill. i'll play a little clip. this was his message. >> listen, hope springs eternal. the president can sit down with harry reid tonight and work with senate democrats who have the majority in the senate to move a bill. it's time for them to act. i've made this clear for months now. and yet we've seen nothing. >> now, he wants them, senator, to move legislation that passed in the last congress. the last congress is irrelevant right now. you need new legislation in order to pass a bill. >> wolf, what's not irrelevant is last congress we had the tax increase. so now it's spending cut time. the president doesn't want to to the spending cut. we had the tax increase -- >> right now, to avert this fiscal crisis we have right now, these forced spending cuts, you need a new bill. you can't use a bill from the old congress. >> the president -- you know what, a
with the head of the -- this will be the highest level u.s. meeting with syrian opposition since it began uprising nearly two years ago. more than 60,000 people have been killed in that war. >>> defense secretary nominee chuck hagel expected to be confirmed despite a contentious confirmation hearing. he spent hours answering questions from the armed services committee in the senate. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. at one point he grappled over whether he was wrong to oppose the 2007 surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel will replace leon panetta as defense secretary and be the only republican in president obama's cabinet and the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. the transportation secretary who is also a republican expected to resign as well. this should be wrapped up with the senate vote for chuck hagel next w
'm heather childers. topping the news, new fallout on the benghazi attack. leon panetta saying that the u.s. military could not respond like a police department. >> this is not 911. you can't simply call and expect within two minutes to have a team in place. >> heather: is this a preview of what we could see when he testifies before the senate? a fair and balanced debate straight ahead. >> gregg: and the death of an american hero. he struck fear into the hearts of our enemies and now we have the tragic ending of chris kyle a sniper without equal in military history. >> heather: plus, reports that the american dream have may have been premature. kids believe that their tomorrow will be better than our today. >>> we begin with a fox news alert. a town in mourning as we awaited details on the alabama hostage crisis. the funeral for the bus driver gunned down by jimmy lee dikes. he has been hiding out in an underground bunker with a five-year-old hostage. jonathan, what happened at the funeral today? >> reporter: the funeral procession was led by the patriot guard riders and also a convoy of sc
on sunday as retaliation for his firing. secondly, a u.s. marshal said in his affidavit, a member of the southwest border patrol. told the magistrate that he believes dorner is in mexico, and based in part a man looking like dorner, tied up the boat captain in san diego and attempting to take his 41 to 47 foot vessel and told the guy he was taking it to mexico to recover his boat that was last thursday and what was dorner doing up in big bear, up in the mountains far away? well, turns out, the marshall service had been tracking an associate of dorner he is jy, who had a relative who had property, a cabin up in big bear and was found about four hours later down in costa mesa, what that means, basically, four hours after his burning truck was found. that could be speculating here, his ride off that mountain after burning his vehicle. and so, where does that leave us? and finally, tmz is reporting tonight that they have obtained surveillance video from a scuba shop here in southern california of dorner, a man looking just like him, with two scuba tanks and scuba gear, purchasing that
contraction in the u.s., it's not resolved so more higher gasoline is ahead of us. stuart: and david, hold on, i want to see what happens when the opening bell starts to ring and starting right now. i'm expecting the dow to hit 14,000, we've been away for three days and friday afternoon the dow closed at 13,981. the early indicator suggested we go up, 20, maybe 20 points at the opening bell and that would take us to 14,000 so we're off and running again. stocks at a very high level. i've got a question for you. are you in this market, you, the little guy. we've got an expert on that coming up in just a moment from charles schwab and he'll give us the answer and on the high side in the first seconds. today's merger talk, a number of mergers, officemax, office depot reportedly getting together. and lauren simonetti on the floor of the exchange. looks like they will he' give staples a run for their money. >> it may be higher prices for consumers. let's go straight to where they both trade. as you can see, office depot and officemax surging and opening up 32% to the upside from depot and officema
cancelled across the country, and here at the three major airports in new jersey and new york, many of the u.s. airlines decided to cut off departures by 5:00 tomorrow and not to resume until after noon tomorrow, and if we did go inside earlier today and there are no lines. there are no lines for checkin there are no lines for security, and the reason is, when we check the board, the monitors for departures and arrives, everything was cancelled. most everything was cancelled. we found some people waiting in here. one guy from france said his flight was cancelled. tonight he has to wait until tomorrow to get a flight and doesn't know what he is going do he has to try to get a hotel to, otherwise he is staying here. we did find some people that had a flight at 6:30. their airline called them and changed the flight to earlier. so they were supposed to get oust here at 5:00 so they're hoping they wail be able to do that before at the brunt of the storm hits, get out of here and get to their destination safely. but it is just a ghost town here. it appears that a lot of the airlines did call people
seeking jobs in the u.s., but to criminals who want to murder, rape and kidnapping. lone criminals, these are the perils we are sure to face not just maybe, it's not paranoia to buy a gun, it's survival. this morning msnbc's joe scarborough described the op-ed as being laced with racial overtones. >> the republican party, if they were smart, their looters today would condemn it. but they're not smart, they're scared, they're going to get hammered in future elections if they allow this clown to continue to lead them around by their nose. they're shameful, they need to be leaders. >> all of this comes as gun control advocates rally again in connecticut to encourage lawmakers there to enact stricter gun laws. joining me now, democratic strategist david goodfriend and rachel smoke. first up, wayne la pierre refers to hurricane sandy under hellish conditions. new york observer says silver lining sandy, still no murders after the superstorm. regarding border security, according to huffington post, 2010 report said that the u.s. mexican border is among the safe es in the u.s. so there's a
. there was some of that, might have focused on u.s. intelligence failures that led to the death of four u.s. diplomats in benghazi action and there was some of that. mostly it was a hard look at the growing phenomenon of america going to war by remote control, and what the rules on that ought to be. >> we look forward to hearing your testimony. >> reporter: at his senate confirmation hearing, the issue is not john brennan's ability to be cia director. he's a former top agent, white house counter-terror chief when osama bin laden was killed, but protesters delayed the hearing, objecting to what they call cia torture, and u.s. drones flying in pakistan and yemen. 6 firing missiles. the administration's legal justification was finally released to congress today, plus a proposal for a closed court to review attack plans. >> to assure that drone strikes are carried out in a manner consistent with the values. >> reporter: brennan says they have been and will be and the public needs to know it. when there's no other alternative. >> cia torture, he says, is over. >> waterboarding is reprehensible a
u.s. military about to face deep budget cuts. what can help stop the pain? a former military officer who spent years working with pentagon tax dollars has a bold answer for sequestitration and a message from washington. what was the light in the sky broof san francisco. reports from witnesses and a video backing up the claims. a mysterous flying object and this time in u.s. air space and coming just hours after a metor exploding thousands of miles away and rattling buildings and people below . fox reports from inside russia on the cosmic clean up following a direct hit from outer space . a new warning over the defense budget showdown this time from the army's top brass. in my opinion sequestation is not in the best interest of the national security. it places a burden on the soldiers and civilians and plus, questions tonight about whether washington is playing politics with the troops and what deep cuts would mean for our military. and a police cruiser there one moment and gone the next after a car slams into it somewhere caught in all of that blur, a little boy. >> i am harris faulk
and led lights. we create the biolife camp stove which is for use by u.s. and european emergency preparedness and recreation customers. over the next five years we will bring clean cooking an electricity access to over 1 million homes. >> jonathan is on the right side of your screen. he cannot react to our critiques just yet. diana, real estate reporter, john steinburg president and coo of buzz feed. more executive than resident at polaris ventures and google's teams. folks, let's huddle up. injury reaction, diane. >> i'm interested in how he will bring it to the u.s. market in the u.s. when we talk about either men i preparedness and moving things we do in the home outside the home. >> during sandy in washington square park jonathan had these set up charging people's phones. that's when i saw it. it was in the times. what does it cost to actually make this thing? >> jonathan cedars with us now. come on in. i see you brought your stove. you are now officially with your stove appropriately enough in what we call the hot seat. we will ask you a few questions here and you get to ans
. the predators of the bankrupt american airlines has approved the 11 billion-dollar merger with u.s. airways credit up to the boards of both companies to approve the deal. expect a final announcement as early as tomorrow. once again, american airlnes and u.s. airways merger has been approved. creating the biggestirline in the world, it is expected tomorrow. the president last night called for an increase in the minimum wage. >> tonight, let's declare them in that in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty. and let's raise the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour. gerri: by the way, that is a 24% increase in pay. that's from today's $7.25 per hour. the difference is this time he came across the cuntry make it happen. raising the minimum wage could be just about the worst thing that he can do for the jobs market. already we are more than 7.5 million and a half jobs below the level where the president promised we would be when he took office. raising the minimum wage means employers whose businesses are struggling on the margin of getting rid of
. thank you. >> sure. >>> cyber attacks against the u.s. an american firm is linking the chinese government to hacking. i'm talk to a man who hacks computers for a living. >>> controversial advice to kids from top law enforcement. what to do if they're confronted by a gunman. there's a training video here. our panel is going to discuss it. stay close. ns, i can talk to someone who knows exactly how i trade. because i don't trade like everybody. i trade like me. that's why i'm with scottrade. announcer: scottrade- proud to be ranked "best overall client experience." a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for p
. on the same framework the u.s. market is about 18% below its long-term trend which is positive, and certainly where we're more bullish is international markets where in developed international that's 30% plus below the trend. >> which international markets, like japan or what? which markets? >> well, japan certainly is a fascinating case. you know, here's a market that last saw its highs in the early '90s. it's the cheapest -- on a price-to-book basis that's literally the cheapest developed market in the world but it's also been the ultimate value trap for the year. the difference potentially this year is the changes at the bank of japan and the changes politically that are happening that are causing potentially the independents and the bank of japan to be compromised which somewhat paradoxically could be the best thing for equity markets in japan so i think japan is very interesting here. i think broad developed international is interesting. japan and europe both on our models are inexpensive and both have cat lifts that we believe that could help them have very good 2013s. >> how do you res
actually delivered to haiti after the earthquake by the u.s. military. it's called fiji water for a reason. it comes from fiji which is, you know, caribbean geography, not in the caribbean. and it was sent at quite a lot of expense and quite a lot of effort. it was a very beautiful project for photographers to take pictures of these gleaming pallets of bottled water coming off these planes with the concept been that there was this incredible water crisis, incredible food crisis. the way it was often reported was haiti was on perhaps the verge of a famine following the earthquake. and there were real problems, then and you know, they're certainly needed to be a response, but this is an example of a response that was not very well thought out. it was a grenades just on behalf of the fiji water company. it was a lovely gesture, but it was sort of ridiculous because they actually do have water in haiti. it is an island, much like fiji, and what really need to be done was for the water to be purified and cleaned up and the existing system of water in system to be improved. and franklin long bef
two years with team u.s.a. with you and whatever you need prefrom me i'm ready to do it. >> rose: here's what he said about you. roll tape. >> holy mackerel, carmelo, you're doing an interview with charlie rose. man, he's come a long way since learning how to play contesting defense for the u.s. team. but charlie, one of the great things, the things that makes carmelo such a fantastic basketball player is he's a war your, you know? he's as good a competitor as i coached in the seven years i've coached the u.s. national team. i love my relationship with him. he's multiing dimensional. he can play the three, four, or five for us. and he's a problem for anybody at all on these positions offensively. the cool thing and the great thing is he's strong enough, determined enough and smart enough to defend all three of those positions. the truly one of the great players in our game today. >> that's big coming from him. (laughs) >> rose: didn't get much bigger than that, does it? this is a guy who's won the admiration of you and kobe and lebron and the great players of the game because he treate
to the u.s. and then of course more to it than that the group of 7 ministers are now worried about currency fluctuations. that put the dollar up. putting the dollar up makes gold more expensive in many currencies. cheryl: but that wouldn't explain really the kind of longer story here of gold. i don't know, felt so safe in gold for all those years, maybe i'm looking at stocks. >> well, the stocks were up a lot. and this up in the stocks was a headwind for gold for asset allocaters who need to buy something that's always performing. and gold wasn't performing because it's misunderstood. people who buy gold are buying to preserve purchasing power, and they are worried about inflation. now, we've had low interest rates, anti-inflationary. we've had a good stock market, which also is a headwind for gold. and then all of a sudden, if you realize that the values of currencies have made gold more expensive, especially in those countries like india, japan, which is on holiday, china of course. cheryl: again, gold today, losing more than $17. is that because of the -- >> it's about 1%. cheryl: is tha
immigrants who are illegal in the u.s., and securing the border, a fault of the 1986 bill, the president and congress did not do enough. caller: 40% of the illegal immigration problem comes from our airports. they overstay their visas. nobody makes them leave. the people of the world know that once you are in america, nobody makes you leave. until that changes, we are going to have out of control immigration, overpopulation, relative to the economy, we will have a rising levels of poverty, lower standards of living. a pro-immigrant admit is that they will all be entrepreneurs and they will all start the next google. that is a myth. host: cindy has this on our twitter page -- way, a reminder that we will have live coverage of the president's state of the union address on the c-span networks, including radio. our prie-dieu will get underway at around 8:00 eastern. we will kory-error the president's speech at approximately 11:00 eastern time. -- re-air the president's speech at approximately 11:00 eastern time. there is this -- as a reminder, let's go to the president's state of the union a
, denying the reports. and countering it was the victim of u.s. hacking. >>> and the bulls are back from a three-day weekend. can the s&p 500 post an eighth straight week of gains? we've got four days to find out. it's tuesday, february 19th, 2013. "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin who is back from vacation. let's get started with the markets. as joe mentioned, the s&p winning streak has been a strong one. in the meantime, the dow is coming off a second straight weekly loss. although, really, if you looked at this last week, it was the ever so slightest of losses. u.s. equity futures are indicated higher. dow up by 21 points. s&p is up by two points above value fair and the nasdaq is up about 3. in 20 minutes, we'll turn to predictions on where the markets go from here. then in the next hour, delivering alpo. we'll talk to the manager of a $11.5 billion hedge fund. this fund was up 30% last year. don't miss pine river's ceo brian taylor. on our radar this morning,
those spending cuts from going into effect because gdp wouldn't take a hit. that means growth in the u.s. couldn't take a hit. as far as what else is propelling stocks higher, mergers and acquisitions going on, media, even in the office services area, office depot, office max, possibly talking about a tie-up themselves. that is certainly giving some momentum to stocks and giving investors a little bit of oo mph to buy into the stock. who knows if it will stick. >> alison, thank you. >> sure. >>> thank you for keeping me company here at cnn as i was in for brooke baldwin. i want to take you to "the situation room" with wolf blitzer because he starts right now. and let's take a look at the "closing bell." you heard alison kosik say we're not going to hit the 14,164 today but we there is a lot going on in washington with the sequester and we have to hope that we are going to be seeing these kinds of numbers, wolf. we certainly hope it for a long time. but depending on what -- depending on what washington does, we'll have to see if it sticks. wolf blitzer? >>> thanks very much. happening now
in afghanistan as a new commander of nato and u.s. forces took over. marine general joseph dunford succeeded general john allen who has been in command for the last 19 months. president obama has nominated allen to be the supreme allied commander in europe. the u.s. and its allies plan to hand over security to afghan forces at the end of next year. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday, new information about a potentially deadly disease that's made a big comeback. >>> and later, why they're all rooting for this big guy as a top contender for best in show. >>> we're back with health news, and concern about a growing outbreak of whooping cough. it's a bacterial infection that can be fatal to very young children, while it was almost gone at one time, cases are now on the rise. nbc's chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman has more on this tonight. >> reporter: 2012 was america's worst year for whooping cough in more than six decades. >> there's a tremendous outbreak of whooping cough across the united states right now. >> reporter: as scientists try to figure out how to better p
carrying more than 4000 people in the gulf of mexico. the ntsb and the u.s. coast guard are sending investigators to mobil and the alabama where carnival cruise lines carnival triumph is expected to arrive tomorrow. the triumph of dallas in taxes for a scheduled 40 crews last thursday. a sunday and then fired knocked out this its primary power source leaving it a draft. >> treasury secretary nominee jack lew is expected to face questions from senate republicans say about his tenure at city group during its downward spiral during the 2008 financial crisis. political analysts say the growing will make for a tougher confirmation hearing and then white house officials and initially anticipated. flu would succeed to indict the are aware this resigned last month. little is currently the white house chief of staff. senators have expressed criticism of the $1 million bonus lu received shortly before see group got a $300 billion federal guarantee to take are the bank's elite mortgage-backed securities. and the report and the national hurricane center says super storm sandy was a deadly is hu
deaths in the u.s. are being blamed on that storm that pounded the northeast with snow. marley, what's the latest up there? >> well, bruce, things here in hartford seem calm. and if you take a look behind me, you saw a car go by. the travel van that was instituted by the governor has been lifted. we are beginning to see traffic, but many roads here in connecticut are still impassable. that's also the case across the northeast. in fact, last night when two feet of snow was dumped here in connecticut, there were many people who were stuck on the roads in their cars overnight. even emergency vehicles, and snow removal vehicles getting stuck. so today, people are beginning to dig out if they can, many people's cars are completely covered with snow. >>> marley, there's a silver lining in all of this. they already had four deaths. what's the plan? >> well, many roads here in connecticut and hartford, more accurately, have been cleared for the road behind me, but many are still impassable and there is one death, actually, reported here in connecticut. the governor announced earlier today
capital murder charges in the shooting death of chris kyle, a u.s. sniper who starred in the reality series "stars earn stripes." kyle and a friend were gunned down at a north texas shooting range. >> in an interview with the "today" show last year, kyle said he had no regrets about his actions in combat. >> every person i killed, i have a clear conscience of because they were actively trying to harm americans, allies, or civilians. >> routh was a military veteran, but his motives are still unclear. he's being held on $3 million bond. >>> we are entering the seventh day of the hostage standoff in alabama. a 5-year-old boy is still being held in an underground bunker by jim lee dykes. police say dykes shot and killed a school bus driver last tuesday and abducted the child. police continue to negotiate with dykes who has received medicine for the boy and is believed to be making the boy as comfortable as possible. the funeral for the bus driver was held sunday. as hundreds turned out to pay tribute to charles poland who was hailed as a hero for protecting the other children on the scho
invasions and sexual assault of a minor. >>> today, several u.s. lawmakers are in cuba trying to get a maryland man released from prison there. maryland's congressman chris van hollen and six others are meeting with cuban leaders this morning to try to free alan gross. they say his release is the only way to improve ties between the countries. gross has been held since 2009 when he says he was trying to bring the internet to jewish communities in cuba. cuba says he was spying. he's serving a 15-year sentence. >>> congress and the white house have just ten days to reach a deal on a budget plan or billions of dollars in spending cuts will automatically take effect. lawmakers won't address that issue this week, though. they aren't in session now and won't return to washington until next week. we're learning our area is among the regions that could be hurt the most by the cuts known as the sequester. its authors say government spending makes up 20% of our local economy. defense spending alone makes up almost 10% of our ecomony. >>> many of us buy a fancy sports car or jump out of a plane
between american airlines and u.s. airways. melissa: the hottest thing on the nasdaq stock exchange may be the nasdaq itself. charlie gasparino is here as they talk to go private. lori: without any further ado, let's get you updated on the markets. we are joined by lauren simonetti. >> i want to particularly take a look at goldman sachs right now. hitting a new annual high. the investment bank says that equity markets kind of went too fast. they will slow down a little bit on their global theme. however, maintain will be tough. it is just too hard to maintain. we have the strongest start since the 1990s. melissa: oil prices rising for the first time in days. fox business contributor phil flynn is our man in the pits of the cme. >> what a reversal. oil prices were below $95 a barrel. everyone thought that they would start coming back down. a lot of focus, of course, a lot of talk about these currency wars. they have a major impact on the price of crude oil. we do not think that the euro is too strong and anyone who wants to tell us otherwise, you will have a problem. we rallied in a few
their cash. office depot, officemax. last week heinz, and u.s. air and american airlines. what does that say about the markets and where we are? >> i think it was a measure that confidence is going from low levels to less low levels. there's a lot of cash out there. if you don't have it, you can borrow it. it's pretty cheap. stock prices are not expensive. companies are struggling to grow organically. i think we'll see more of it. >> what about that? bernanke is testifying before the senate next week. what can he say at this point? what are you expecting from that testimony? >> well, i think it needs to give a pep talk to the fiscal policy makers that there's more than one game that can be play the here. and fiscal policy has been awol. i think the really important thing is to start working on the entitlement programs. it's not so important what happens to discretionary spending right now, but we got to start doing something to reduce the entitlement spending and the outcoming years. >> everybody says it. we have the to get to the entitlements. and the sequestration, it doesn't even hit enti
at least june. that's according to a u.s. officials. the projects has been pending for more than 4 1/2 years. of course, we've had lots of debate about the pipeline even here around this table. >> let's check on the markets this morning. the futures are probably going to be what steady as we go. we'll see what happens at 8:30. but not bad so far. that would be getting back almost exactly what we lost yesterday. we lost about 49 points. and there's a lot of -- it was a great january, but then got that gdp number. we're warning, does it necessarily mean that the market has been wrong about the economy? or was it the one off and was it, you know, some special factors that caused that shrinkage and does it get revised back up and subsequent reports? i've heard a lot of places. this is the best negative gdp report. >> well, if you're going to have to pick a negative one, this would be it. >> but there was a lot of good stuff. >> it doesn't startle the market at all when it came out. >> i don't know whether they're whistling past the grape yard -- the mark was over a contraction, but not n
on the docket. it hasn't fallen apart like everybody want thad to. here we sit in the u.s. with everybody is buying hand over fist. i've been doing it a long time and i'm still conflicted. i know these corporations have been showing better results. but at the end of the day, we still have qe because of no growth. >> rebecca patterson would tell you you have just enough growth, actually, you have a wonderful spot where it's just weak enough where the fed keeps their foot on the pedal and that's why it's the perfect moment, at least now, for the market. >> i guess it's that little circle we used to have on our baseball bats. we have to be careful about that thing cracking in half. that's what i think a sweet spot is. here we are, you have a 7.9% rate. i can debate all long about whether the housing market is getting better or not. that's the reason why we have this influx of qe. why would we be without qe? ultimately, it's all about growth and we just don't have it. here we go, the stocks are full steam ahead. i can't tell my customers not be on board, but i can tell them not the be on boar
. speaker, this is no time to eliminate preclearance. i'm reminded of a letter i wrote to the u.s. attorney's office, attorney general eric holder, to just in my city alone, the city of houston, to report 15 voter abuse cases. without the preclearance where would we be? or the proposal to eliminate the independent school district board of trustees, over a school district that has worked hard to survive, will be subjected to the preclearance to determine whether not only the students will be denied their right to learn in a school district they love and is fighting for their education, but that elected persons will be denied the right to serve and others denied the right to vote for them. the voting rights act protects all voters. it gives them all the right to vote, one vote one person. shelby county has raised the issue they should not be subjected to preclearance. they are beyond that. the district court, federal court decided in washington, d.c., that they were wrong. that preclearance is constitutional. and we know that well because about -- because when we had the privilege of re-autho
a scandal hungry press into saying or printing the name of u.s. senator bob menendez, teenage prostitution, and caribbean sex parties all in one sentence? after all, these allegations have been flatly refuted by the senator. >> this is incredible. >> reporter: and now the senator's dominican republic friends are trying to take that denial a step further. demanding a full investigation to find the actual culprit who has been spreading internet rumors for months. >> translator: this is an artificial ghost created especially in order to damage senator menendez, melgen, and myself. >> reporter: benecio castillo, a fourth generation attorney himself, has been named as a party to the, well, parties, and says enough is enough. >> translator: this crime has damaged me and my reputation and my honor. and that's why i have the right to ask an investigation to find out who is behind this crime. >> reporter: the e-mails alleging teenage sex parties and the senator began circulating months ago. even the fbi got ahold of them, but nothing could be confirmed. it appeared the matter was pretty much droppe
claiming his death proves they were absolutely justified in passing legislation banning u.s. nationals from adopting any more russian children. they did that at the end of last year. partly in response to u.s. legislation, targeting russian human rights abusers. but also because of concerns held for a long time here by russian officials who say they are worried about the way russian orphans are treated in the united states. supporters of the adoption ban claim since the 1990s 19 other russian children have died after being adopted by americans. the russian government says it is very concerned about the welfare of russian orphans and says 60,000 have are been adopted over the last 20 years. the adoption ban is one of the key reasons why relations between the united states and russia are the worst that they have been in a long time. a line of politicians here and officials have responded to the death of this 3-year-old boy by effectively saying, we told you so. phil black, cnn, russia. >>> european scandal over mislabeled meat keeps getting big der. details of the latest recall foods where tr
the nation's intelligence community had their hands on classified documents, the topic, when u.s. drones can legally kill americans overseas. president obama has agreed to the release only after caving in to the demands of congress. and today, in a senate confirmation hearing lawmakers will grill john brennan, obama's choice to lead the cia and also an architect of the drone program and a vocal supporter. >> we conduct targeted strikes because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> but it was the killing of an american citizen in yemen that raises all the questions. u.s. drones killed u.s.-born cleric anwar al awlaki, he was tied to the terrorist plots including the underwear bomber but never charged in u.s. court. iran claims it has unlocked the encrypted surveillance images from a spy plane drone. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity video which is running on iranian state television and youtube. >> translator: this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran and operations that ha
faces up to 60 years in jail. the drone race is on . united arab em brits is buying u.s. made drones as part of a deal. it would help them boost their surveillance capabilities and match claims that france is making its own drone capability. >>> a couple trying to give their son a sibling is going home from the hospital with four newborns. he got a sibling all right. they aren't just quad dub lets. she has two sets of identical twins. >> it is very rare, very unexpected, but they are here now so we are very thankful. >> a blessing, miracle. i am happy. i am real happy about it. >> their names are ace, blaine, cash and dillon. yes, a, b, c and d. if they can't remember their names call them by the letter. >> the chance of having two identical twins at one time, one in 10,000. >> gas prices typically rise this time of year. this year it seems a lot more extreme. consumers have already seen 32 straight days in a row of increasing bagas prices. the average cost is 3.75. that's up $0.17 since last weekend in a lot of states it costs more than that. kelly wright is live with us with more o
they were talking about for those days. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. the u.s. justice department said today that it is suing standard and poor's rating service, accusing it of a massive fraud when it gave high ratings to mortgage investments that later plunged in value. that helped fuel the 2008 financial meltdown. investors, including pension funds, lost billions on what s&p told them were the safest bets money could buy. anthony mason has more. >> reporter: as the housing bubble was beginning to burst in 2007, standard and poor's was still giving glowing ratings to mortgage-backed securities that some of its own analysts feared would go bad. attorney general eric holder said today the nation's largest rating agency was knowingly executing a scheme to defraud investors and pump up its profits. >> put simply, this alleged conduct is egregious, and it goes to the very heart of the recent financial crisis. >> reporter: the government's 124-page complaint cites internal documents, like this instant message exchange between two s&p analysts. "that deal is ridiculous," the first says. "i k
for people to sort of get best practices, the rems technical assistant program at the u.s. department of education actually does still exist. they do webinar, they do have online information but, frankly, we should also try and follow that up with some more resources. i don't know if you want to comment on that, and then i'll be done. >> yeah. i know the ta does exist, but the grants are no longer being offered for localities. >> right. >> could i just say that the department of of education has brought the rems ta center along with the national center on safe and supportive environments that i lead together to make sure we coordinate our activities in response to these issues and to try to make those connections. >> thank the gentleman. mr. guthrie. >> thank you. thank you, mr. bond, for coming up from home. i appreciate you being here. and i know what happened in your school, the tragedy that was there, the way you reacted, your school, the paducah community is something that i know it still reverberates and there, and we appreciate you coming here to share your experiences. because
opinion allowing the government to kill u.s. citizens working with al qaeda. the president made the decision this evening. and it could affect confirmation hearings for his pick to be the cia director tomorrow. john brennan has been running the drone program and he and the administration have faced tough questions about the legal rationale for using drones to target americans overseas. >>> coming up, a gore may market in georgetown shut down. we'll tell you what health inspectors found, a man speaks out about his father, who lost his life trying to protect students front gunman on the alabama school bus. >> >>> popular gourmet market in georgetown shut down until further notice. the d.c. health department closed it because of a problem. >>> the man who opened fire last year, could spend more than ten years in jail. 28-year-old floyd corkins pleaded guilty today. he shot a security guard last august inside the downtown headquarters of the group. the guard was wounded. but he wrestled the gone way anyhow. corkins was carrying chick-fil-a sandwich sandwiches. he planned to smear th
students in the audience. he will have to start -- scorecard but "u.s. news and ont world report" does it but there's will be better. >> bill gates gave his annual address on issues facing the world and said we need to rework the score card on education we have bill gates then u.s. news than the governor's version that is badly for matted you cannot find on the internet but have to download. [laughter] >> and spend for thecd ar $5 million. john: i was struck bylimate climate change remus do more to combat it and there is the overwhelming dutchman a scientist that hurricane sandy caused climate change. >> i give him credit there is not overwhelming evidence that clementine to caused hurricane sandy. john: no evidence.n >> maybe this sea level rising then it note evidence of the hurricane itself and it is just bunk. pick on this one. [laughter] that is another sort out there hopefully we get a federal program. john: there is evidence the climate is warming. ll but that may be responsible for the fulllarge moon that was a large factor [laughter] >> you must like you get the troops? >>. [l
-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., february 13, 2013. i hereby appoint the honorable doug collins to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2013, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate . the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each, but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, for five minutes. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the president spoke to us last night and
worldwide. under fire after nbc news obtained a memo that includes deadly strikes against u.s. citizens that are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self defense. among those targeted, an war al alawki, killed in yemen in 2011. >> it is a chilling dumt document. it sets out the government's intentions to kill american citizens. >> reporter: demanding more transparency about the strikes and is expected to target john brennan during his cia confirmation hearings, beginning tomorrow. president obama on tuesday urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: if you think of it as a t-bone stake, the sequester is like a butcher's knife, lobbing off a big piece. republicans want to avoid the cuts but dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. the white house has made other news this week, saying the president will head to israel for the first time for the first time since taking office this spring, savanna
santelli, how much of today's rally in u.s. equities is because of a rally in the euro, a strong european rally after strong data this morning? >> when i came in lately, if the nikkei is down, this means european bur european bourses are up. i see the improvement. right around 135.80 and many thought we'd slip under 135. the euro correction, i can't tell whether it's over, but many traders don't think we'll see 137.5 in a while. treasuries once again, slightly above 2%, been there, done that, but it's still important because we haven't seen a huge rally pushing yields down for 2013. nothing big with big depth. and lumber, lumber today, as you see an intraday chart, was up, i think it's 2.4% which ends up being $10, maximum allowed. here's what's fascinating. open that chart up year-to-date, haven't taken out some recent highs, but if you pull back to a chart going to '05, could you clearly see we're getting to a zone we haven't seen since april of '05, and it's a testament that we have moved past the inflexion point. we're not robbing gdp in housing and slowly adding to it. the big questi
brands rocketing up, raising a bid to buy the u.s. assets of brewer group modelo and an attempt to apiece regulators for the haush haush/imbey v deal. berkshire hathaway teaming up with 3g capital to buy heinz and in the red today, century link, the land lied provider, cutting its dividend by 26%. whole foods also having a down day. the supermarket chain forecasting weaker sales and margins for the rest of 2013. as for the dow, winners on the day include alcoa and banks like jorg anne which edged higher. the worst per former among the blue chips, general motors, which reported and missed estimates. wider losses in europe and higher costs in north america. guys, back to you. >> all right. we'll leave it there. thank you so much, josh. much more ahead on this jam-packed edition of the "closing bell." high seas drama will take you back where the carnival cruise ship is slowly being tugged to shore right now. stranded passengers complain of overflowing toilet but management says they are doing all they can, and now the lawyers are lining up. also ahead, have you checked your 401(k) lately? if
jerusalem. >> arthel: dire new warnings about the focus impact sequestration could have on the u.s. military. allergy officials say the across the board cuts would force them to increase touring for soldiers deployed in afghanistan next we're and could put our national security at risk. steve centanni with more. tell us why is this such a threat to military readiness? >> arthel, a number of reasons. not enough money for proper maintenance of bases and equipment and more troubling, not enough money for the proper training of our troops. this would mean those serving in afghanistan would have to stay longer because not enough troops are being trained to replace them. a problem, according to former general who knows. >> youscientists discovered if u extend a soldier much beyond about nine or ten months, his fighting ability falls off, or you replace him with soldiers who haven't had the proper amount of training and the right equipment to go to afghanistan and survive in combat. >> already we've seen the decision to keep only one aircraft carrier in the persian gulf instead of two. >> arthel: i
's proposal support, an expedited pathway for students brought to the u.s. illegally as children, and both say undocumented immigrants should submit to backseat taxes and learn english. rubio's strategy has been to play up his differences with the white house as much as possible, and it's not hard to guess why. >> he's been on the cover of time magazine, anointed the savior of the republican party. that's a lot of pressure. and i'm sure he has heard from memberships of the republican party, some of whom do not want to be saved with the kind of immigration reform he has in find. >> an obama plan led and driven by obama in this atmosphere with the level of hostility with the president and the way he goads the hostilely, i think it's going to be very hard to pass. >> if the president proposes legislation, do you think it will fail? >> of course. of course it will. >> so you see where this is going. if you're a republican supporting immigration reform you eagerly want to highlight any differences with the white house. on the other hand if you're an opponent of immigration reform, your goal is to p
that testified on the hill and sequester cuts would create a significant head wind to the u.s. economy and john boehner, the house speaker, fired back at president obama and said the problem isn't the house. they pass alternatives to sequester last year and the problem is the senate hasn't acted. here is the speaker. >> we have moved the bill in the house twice. we should not have to move a third bill before the senate gets off their ass and begins to do something. >> both sides have those arguments but only one side is winning this argument so far as we see in our new nbc "wall street journal" poll tonight. when you ask americans whether or not president obama is using to unify the country or in a partisan way by 48-43 he is trying to unify the country and republicans overwhelmingly the public says are doing the opposite. only 22% say they are bringing it together and 64% in a partisan fashion that does not unify the country, larry, and this is what democrats are counting on is that the pressure over time by a public that's predisposed to blame republicans is going to make them buckle on taxes
of state john kerry meeting for the first time with syrian rebel leaders to announce a major shift in u.s. policy, but is it enough? for the first time the u.s. will send nonlethal aid to op sfwligs fighters. >> the united states' decision to take further steps now is the result of the continued brutality of a superior armed force. propped up by foreign fighters from iran and hezbollah. >> going nowhere. less than 24 hours to go and the senate stages two votes, but with no chance of either succeeding. $85 billion in across the board cuts, the so-called sequester, are going to kick in. >> we're going to go through a charade here in a little while. we're going to have a vote on the democrat proposal, and it will not get sufficient votes, and the same thing here on this sighted, and the clock will tick, and tomorrow on the last day the president is going to call people over to the white house to see if we can address it. where was he in the last year? >> and bromance? a few days into dennis rodman's historic trip into north korea. the former nba bad boy has reportedly told supreme leader kim
such strikes are rarely used and only against targets planning to attack the u.s. however, the head of the intelligence committee, senator dianne feinstein, is calling for more openness about that drone program. >>> outgoing defense secretary leon panetta revealed for the first time that there was a plan in place to support rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by president obama because of worries that the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 60,000 people have died in syria's civil war. >> by the way, i was just going to add to that civil war. it's cost that country the equivalent of $48 billion. when you think about a war, our war obviously has cost us trillions of dollars. but a country that has no money, and they're relying on us for help, $48 billion is a lot of money. >> and the u.s. has given syria about $210 million in aid to help those insurgents along. but this issue of whether we arm them is one. after two wars and libya, maybe the country was not ready to get involved in another country. but we put these arms in syria, how do we know they're not going
to do less with less. >> the real problem is as the u.s. and allies. adversaries are doing opposite. russia will surpass defense spending in just two years. china is slated to overtake the u.s. in 2035, shepard. >> shepard: jennifer, analysts are saying that the u.s. defense budget is still larger than the next 13 countries combined. how in the world could this make us a second rate power? if is six times larger than china's official defense spending. >> you have seen double digit a increases in chinese defense spending for more than 15 years now. that should not only give pause to the united states but it really should be a source of concern for the countries in the region as well others argue is he success strays is bad not the end of the world. >> spending 40 cents out of every dollar to 38 cents out of every dollar. you decline but not by this massive amount. >> congress has as you mentioned until march 1st to decide what to do, shepard. >> shepard: jennifer griffin at the pentagon. thanks. as a powerful winter storm closes in on the northeast. some are stepping out to brave the
, and continues the slow but steady economic recovery. it comes right after we learned the u.s. economy shrank for the first time in three years. gdp fell up .1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. part of the economic pause was because of hurricane sandy. but it was also because of big cuts in defense spending. >>> we also learned yesterday that members of the president's job council are out of a job. the council had a two-year charter that will not be renewed. this morning, speaker john boehner said this is the wrong time for president obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget. month after month, we see the same thing, high unemployment and even more debt. the white house knew this criticism was coming. >> when we hear some of the somewhat ridiculous criticisms about this, they come from people on capitol hill who have consistently opposed every growth initiative and job creation initiative the president has put forward. >> i want to bring in "washington post" political reporter karen tumelty and michael crowley. good morning. >> nice to be here. >> he asked the chairman of the white h
discharged from the u.s. navy reserve earlier this year. in fact, just a short time ago, after serving in several overseas jobs. basically as a security officer. he was a lieutenant. he had weapons training in the navy. but not a commando, not a navy s.e.a.l., this was basic security work. nonetheless, he had two awards critically. the rifle marksman ribbon, and the pistol expert medal. this meant he had some qualifications in shooting at some expert level at particular distances or ranges. i think, though, very clear we should also understand that he had expertise through his service as a police officer. many people, many police officers serve in the military reserve, and they have a lot of weapons expertise due to all of that. still, very concerning, obviously, because of his background. >> were you able to learn anything about did the military have any information on his mental health? >> reporter: well, this would be a matter of privacy concerns. but at the moment, they wouldn't publicly release that. at the moment, very preliminary, there is no indication of that, because he was h
as a u.s. senator from massachusetts. mr. president, i am proud to join my colleagues today in support of the violence against women act of 2013. i do so not just as a senator but as a mother of two daughters. this critical legislation has been held up for far too long, and it's past time for reauthorization. we have a serious responsibility to ensure that women and families are protected. the rates of violence and abuse in our country are astounding and totally unacceptable. according to a 2010c.d.c. study, domestic violence affects more than 12 million people each year. across the united states, 15 1/2 million children lives in homes in which domestic violence has occurred. and in my home state of north carolina alone, 73 women and children are killed on average every year because of domestic violence. let me say that number one more time. 73 women and children are killed every year due to domestic violence. these are alarming statistics, and we must act now to address them. since 1994, vawa programs, and in particular the stop program, that provides grants for services, training, of
the collapse of euro and connection with the u.s., first the u.s. has a lot of investment in europe, so, i mean, these kind of uncertainty, they trigger and they spill out, but there is another big thing. and the u.s. based a lot of kind of prospective growth on experts and when you don't export. when the countries are buying your stuff are doing really, really badly, that's another kind of channel for trouble for us. >> and one last one. i'm told that austerity is the result of spending cuts in europe. is that accurate? >> hardly. hardly. i mean, there are some countries who actually cut spending a little bit, but these countries have also overwelcomingly increased taxes. >> that's it. it's a tax increase as opposed to a spending cut produced this misery? >> and by the way, alberto al seena of harvard and some of the co-authors have shown this is the worst way to reduce debt to gdp ratio. this balanced approach, the president likes, the mix-up can prevent spending cuts, but absolutely real tax increases. stuart: veronique de rugy, you make a lot of sense. you'll be back. and nicole? >> macy's,
%. >> okay. i just have a minute on bozell 3, where is it on implementation in europe and u.s.? bring us up-to-date. this is a very important i think regulatory challenge. >> as you know we put out a proposed rule on bozell 3. we received a lot of comments. we worked through the comments. we've continued to talk to our international partners and we are planning to have a final ruling out on it, i can't give you an exact date but somewhere in the middle of this year, and with the aim to be -- beginning the implementation of it during 2013. i would point out also that as far as we can tell through our stress tests and other measures virtually all of our banks are already on track to meet the requirements. it is not a question of the banks not being adequately capitalized. they are already either at or about to reach the capital levels. >> what about europe and their banks? >> europe is also in the process of implementing it. their banking system is weaker i think. it has strengthened some in recent quarters. we are discussing with them some of the details o f their plans, some of which differ
much. there's not much disagreement about the need. i've never met a democrat or a republican u.s. been a governor who does not think the american people should have a sense that hard work will be read -- rewarded. the work party have an opportunity. i do not know of any men and women that are a better living example of that and all be sitting in front of me. we all use the phrase move forward in a balanced way. another man's a balance is another is in balance. that is what we have got to talk about. the one thing i do not think any of the lack is a vision about how great this country can be. we ought to be able to reassert ourselves in a way that we own the 21st century. i know the guy i am about to introduce believes that but you do. let me injured -- introduce you to the president was back with the pastry chef. my friend, barack obama. >> thank you. have a seat. thank you. welcome. thank you for being here. we all have a lot on our plate. everything from our immigration system our education system our goal is to make sure that we can be an effective partner with you. i want to thank
memo that includes deadly strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. among those targeted, an warral aulaqi, killed in yemen in 2011. >> it is a chilling document. it sets out the government's claimed authority. >>> senators are demanding more transparency about the strikes and expected to press josh brennan, the architect of the drone policy. during his confirmation hearings tomorrow. meanwhile, with billions of dollars in crippling budget cuts that go in effect march 1st, president obama urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: what exactly is the sequester? if you think as the federal budget as a t-bone steak, it is like a butcher's knife loping off a big piece, a trillion dollars worth of domestic spending, what experts call the worst way to deal with the budget. they dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. in a few hours the pres
. a nightmare scenario for the u.s. the united nations now estimates that 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting, though no one really knows. a u.n. commission called for war crimes investigations of both sides. assad's government, which has sought to crush the rebellion, and the rebels, who are seen as warlords, gangsters, and religious fanatics who regularly post videos of beheadings and other atrocities on youtube. damascus is quiet. no one really walking around. 5 million people hunkered down as the terrible war that's tearing their country apart has arrived here. in fierce battles raging in the city's suburbs. syria's many minorities live in terror of jihadist takeover of their country. before we came here, we visited christian refugees from syria who fled to beirut. they said they were forced out of their villages by muslim fundamentalists, ethnically cleansed. they supported the rebellion at first, but not now. they lost their homes, their communities, their way of life. we lived free as christians, this man tells us, putting up christmas trees and decorations. but now we
about their future and military officials concerned about the u.s. readiness. shout on from brother-in-law, he returned from afghanistan, gus walker, welcome home. >> steve: let's go to maria molina, she is serving where it is, i know it's really cold outside but it's a lot warmer than it was yesterday. >> yesterday we were talking about windchill temperatures at about 4 degrees when we were out here. today much better the temperature in new york city, 37 degrees and it's actually going to be mild across the northeast all the way down to florida. florida is going to be seeing highs into the 80s across southern parts of the state. 76 in the city of tampa, new york city, 46 degrees for high temperature. take a look at portions of the upper midwest. it will be cold day. minneapolis, high temperature is only going to be 3 degrees. that is warm as it is going to get. you factor in the wind and windchill at the moment north central are frigid. it feels like 35 below zero in fargo. we do have a storm system that is impacting portions of great lakes down to the southeast with areas of heavi
in the global effort to convince iran to abandon its nuclear program. six world powers including the u.s. and russia have a plan. and they're going to present it to the iranians in talks next tuesday. the goal is to offer serious economic incentives in exchange for iran's shutting down uranium enrichment facility and surrendering the stockpile of urani uranium. we have details of this new proposal. what's new about it? i know last year they tried to do this and they didn't go for it. what's new here? >> that's right. it's been about a year since the u.s. and the partners sat down with iran over the nuclear program. they've been making a good deal of progress on the developments since that time. so they're sweetening the pot, so to speak, and asking more of ire ran in return whether they sit down next week in kazakhstan. in exchange for easing the ban on the trade of gold and precious metals to iran and some nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, iran must close its enrichment facility at a plant that is underground. the longer iran keeps this underground facility open and becomes more diffi
. welcome to sidewalk. as we can see here, and i feel like the weather girl, but u.s. equity futures are feeling slightly higher today. we have a couple of quarterly results hitting the tape in the last few minutes. cigna reporting earnings and revenues ahead of estimates. earnings topping estimates by a nickel. we're going to continue to follow both of those stories for you this morning. scotty, back over to you. some mandy, thanks so much. now over to the weather channel. eric fisher joining us to talk about this major winter storm heading our way. good morning. >> this could be one for the record becomes here over the next couple of days. it starts in the midwest. not to ignore what's going on here across michigan, wisconsin. chicago, sleeting rain, sleet this morning, a bust of snow this evening. biggest snow totals, eastern michigan. the bull's eye is right around sagin saginaw. so difficult travel there. the cold air and this slipper moving through the states. then we've got the rain across the south. that's ingredient number two. area of low pressure there that keeps a wet day
. anything is possible. >> can you imagine u.s. marines charging onto your property an steal your guns. >> i would hope not. >> you're a sensible guy. i hear this all the time in texas. i gave an interview with a friend of yours with 40 and 50 texans. that's the one thing they agreed that tyranny was about to come their way. >> look at all the other countries. it started where we are now and it's ended up with no guns. >> you think that the american military would attack its own people? >> if they're forced to. i hope that would not happen. >> do you think that's what many texans feel about why they would need a weapon like this? >> they want it because they are law-abiding citizens and they know it's legal to purchase it now and it won't be legal now. they rather buy it now and be legal than do something illegal because these are law -abiding citizens we're talking about. >> show me the type of weapon effective for home defense? >> inside your home this is a typical shotgun. the reason i like about this is it does have a strap here. if someone tries to take it from you, you have two points
for secretary of state, u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice. that's what is written there. for the president, is this about taking care of an old friend or trying to make up for rice? >> actually, i think it's about choosing what he believes is the best person for the job and sticking by him, which i think is admirable. look, the reality here is this is about politics. this is not about benghazi. if it was about benghazi, you could have held up john kerry. they didn't. this is something that exists between republicans and senator hagel because he dared questioned them about the iraq war. so that i think is the are reality that we're facing. i think the problem with the republicans is, be how much longer can they continue to play these games on these issues and think it's not going to hurt them? in fact, it already has. they are becoming a caricature of a political party because when you admit to the american people it's not about substance, it's about a 7-year-old issue that you have a problem with, a personal issue, that doesn't necessarily create a lot of confidence that your criticisms ar
. and then a week later that. >> took on that march again, only this time they were protected by thousands of u.s. army soldiers and national guardsmen acting under federal command. and by the time that speech -- that march, excuse me -- ended up at the montgomery state capitol, it was not 600 people, it was not 2500 people, it was 25,000 people. and that was when martin luther king gave his "how long, not long" speech at the state capitol. the night before that last march started, the president of the united states convened a joint session of congress to address the crisis and to demand a very specific response. this is the night, of course, when president lyndon baines johnson in his texas drawl said live on national tv "we shall overcome." >> mr. speaker, mr. president, members of the congress, i speak tonight for the dignity of man and the destiny of democracy. at times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom. so it was at lexington and concord. so it was a century ago at appomattox. so it was last week in selma, a
's with 93% of employers not using the program. outdated examples of e-verify errors. a u.s. citizen in tennessee actually receive an error notice from her employer. she went to the social security administration office to fix it. she thinks she fixes it at social security, but e-verify generates another error and she gets fired. another example, a u.s. citizen experienced an error because an employer made a simple mistake when they were typing the employee's social security number into the system. again, that worker went to a social security office, couldn't resolve the error there, e-verify generated a final nonconfirmation and the worker got fired. the most disturbing piece of all this is that for workers who lose their jobs because of an e-verify error, there's no formal process in place for them to get the jobs back and that's a problem for thousands of workers who experience these errors because you can imagine, these problems are only going to grow exponentially if we mandate the program. given these concerns, we have recommendations for how to move forward. first, congress ne
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